Skip to Main content Skip to Navigation
Journal articles

Variations on a Theme by Massey

Abstract : In 1994, Jim Massey proposed the guessing entropy as a measure of the difficulty that an attacker has to guess a secret used in a cryptographic system, and established a well-known inequality between entropy and guessing entropy. Over 15 years before, in an unpublished work, he also established a well-known inequality for the entropy of an integer-valued random variable of given variance. In this paper, we establish a link between the two works by Massey in the more general framework of the relationship between discrete (absolute) entropy and continuous (differential) entropy. Two approaches are given in which the discrete entropy (or Rényi entropy) of an integer-valued variable can be upper bounded using the differential (Rényi) entropy of some suitably chosen continuous random variable. As an application, lower bounds on guessing entropy and guessing moments are derived in terms of entropy or Rényi entropy (without side information) and conditional entropy or Arimoto conditional entropy (when side information is available)
Complete list of metadata
Contributor : Olivier Rioul Connect in order to contact the contributor
Submitted on : Friday, August 12, 2022 - 1:05:22 PM
Last modification on : Wednesday, August 17, 2022 - 9:51:17 AM


Files produced by the author(s)



Olivier Rioul. Variations on a Theme by Massey. IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2022, 68 (5), pp.2813-2828. ⟨10.1109/TIT.2022.3141264⟩. ⟨hal-03718695⟩



Record views


Files downloads